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Bundeskartellamt publishes report on its inquiry into the cement and ready-mix concrete sector

Date of issue: 24.07.2017

Today the Bundeskartellamt has published the final report on its inquiry into the cement and ready-mix concrete sector.

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The sector inquiry shows that the structural conditions in the cement and ready-mix concrete industry have a dampening effect on competition and encourage parallel conduct with little competition among the suppliers. These structural features include in particular many highly concentrated markets with few suppliers, diverse links between the suppliers and a high degree of market transparency. Furthermore, the markets concerned are stable markets for homogeneous bulk goods where competitive moves by other suppliers offering innovative products are hardly possible.

The report as well as a "Questions and Answers" paper (in German) can be downloaded from the Bundeskartellamt's website.

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